the minimum wage in america is $5.15 per hour.
putting this into context the buying power of that $5.15 is 40% lower than in 1968.
there are moves afoot in 30 different states to raise the minimum wage.
one of the strongest arguments used by the proponents of change, is that business/industry is being subsidised by the taxpayers, who provide the social security top ups.
of course, the same arguments can be made here.
if a business/industry can’t afford to pay it’s workers a living wage, it shouldn’t really be in business, should it?
this is an example of corporate welfare.
the right in this country wails long and hard over tax payers money being wasted on welfare; much of this in top ups to workers who aren’t being paid a living wage by their employers. (many of whom complain about taxpayers money being wasted on sole parents etc.,.. so it goes).
if the employers in this country paid their workers what they should, we would have no need for these taxpayer funded top ups for inefficient or greedy employers.
the greens campaign for the minimum wage here to be raised to $12 hr is a timely and just call.
(as the right is so fond of saying; “end welfare as we know it.”
“http://www.alternet.org/rights/21318/”>AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: A Livable Minimum Wage